This past weekend we celebrated Christmas with Christopher’s brother & his wife (Michael & Katy) at the boys’ parents’ house. This would be the first time our family was together since they lost their baby just before Thanksgiving and we weren’t exactly sure what all the weekend would hold. Katy had talked to me prior to the weekend about hoping it was filled with more happy moments than sad and it really, truly was. And it’s not that we avoided talking about what had happened. Michael and Katy talked openly about the baby and both their emotional states. It was good to see them handling this as well as anyone can handle such a tragedy. More than anything, I think it was just good for the family to be together to love on each other. I’m thankful for that.
(last year’s Christmas family photo)
But the best moment? When Michael and Katy gave the boys’ dad, Tony, an MP3 player filled with his favorite songs. Tony’s dementia has continued to progress and this was the first time I’d seen him this happy in a long, long time. I got the tail end of his reaction on film (it began with dancing & tears).
You can see just how happy he is here. Dementia is a terrible disease that rips away the person you hold so dear. It was a beautiful moment to see that person again even for just a few minutes.
It was a great weekend filled with really good conversations. And even the disposal of an unfortunate bunny rabbit who had managed to get into the boys’ parents’ storage locker and died. Yikes! I was so sad for that poor bunny. The boys were hilarious about it, though, so even that was fun in its own way. 🙂 Anyway, I’m dragging out the end of this post, haha! Summed up: It was a great weekend! 🙂